Unless you’re trying to start a family or avoid pregnancy, you’re probably not thinking too much about sperm — but there’s actually a lot to consider when it comes to these tailed reproductive cells. For starters, men make billions of them. In fact, Live Science states that a healthy adult male can release between 40 million and 1.2 billion sperm cells in a single ejaculation — which is about the volume of half a teaspoon. (This size varies from man to man.) That’s a lot of little swimmers!
The issue? Not all men are producing a healthy amount of sperm, and many might not be asking questions about their sperm health. What really affects your sperm count, and what actually happens if it is lower than normal? Read on to discover 10 scary things about sperm count that you might not have known.